Rivalry is "the competition or superiority in the same field." Everywhere we go, for the rest of our lives we will be faced with competition. In the past if I had to say we had a rival playing volleyball, I’d say HBA. They are a skilled volleyball team and always a challenge. For the past two seasons that I’ve been playing JV, our games with them were always close. They’ve beat us in the past, but we’ve also comeback and beat them as well. This past game that we’ve had with them this season, it was especially close. They had just beat us in the first set and we took the second. So we were forced to play for the third to decide the winner of the game. I especially remember this game because we were up and up with them for literally the entire game--they would get a point and then we would get a point. It was the most stressful game of my life there was so much pressure. We ended up going to 26-24 and we took the game. I was so happy that it was all over and that we took the win. We play them again two weeks from now and I know they’ll be dying to beat us. It’s happened before. I remember freshman year that we had a super close game and beat them on their home court and then they ended up beating us the second time around on our home court. I think we’ll be okay though because we won that game with two of our setters sit out because they were injured and we had Shandy, who is a freshman, set for the entire game by herself. I'd say we won that game because we kept the energy up and set our mind to the goal that we really wanted to win. I believe that if you want something bad enough and you work for it how badly you want it, you can achieve it.
It's that time of the year again--time to dance. March Madness is even more special this year as the Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine qualified to play against the best basketball teams in the country. In a span of about 72 hours, the Rainbow Wahine scored redemption in a 78-59 plastering of UC Davis and the Rainbow Warriors scored a massive measure of revenge in a 64-60 thriller on ESPN 2 versus arch rival Long Beach State. Since their loss to UC Irvine--who was taken out by The Beach in the semifinals--in last year's Big West tournament championship, the men's program has faced adversity, such as NCAA sanctions and the departure of Isaac Fleming. The Rainbow Warriors hard fought win over Long Beach State is one that everyone will be remembering forever. It was their first win in three meetings over The Beach this year and the first over the 49ers in the state of California overall since 2007. Eran Ganot, the Rainbow Warriors coach said, "What a day for the state and the athletic program." Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman added, "Hawaii, this one's for you guys." The end of the men's game triggered a wild celebration of Hawaii fans and the students that traveled with them--a change from the Irvine students that stormed the floor a year ago. Long Beach State students, with a large number expecting a celebration, left the arena quite quickly in stunned silence. In reference to challenges the team faced, guard/forward Aaron Valdes said, "We could have quit on each other, we could have [gone our separate ways,] but we...decided to stick it out." The women's game, while not as close, was just as emotional. "I love every moment of it," said Hawaii point guard Destiny King. "The loss from last year picked us up, made us mature." "There were really some key moments with this group that brought us together," Coach Beeman said. "We had some pretty hefty team meetings; it really starts off with your seniors." It was a change from the tearful press conference last year following a 67-60 loss to CSUN in the women's final. Hopefully, there will be no tears and plenty cause for celebration for both our men's and women's teams representing Hawaii this March. Let the madness begin! First and Second Rounds - Friday and Saturday The Rainbow Warriors were selected into the South Regional in the Spokane sub-pod as the 13-seed. They will face fourth-seed California on Friday at 8:00am. The Rainbow Wahine were selected into the Bridgeport (Conn.) Regional in the Los Angeles sub-pod as the 14-seed. They will face third-seed and sub-pod host UCLA on Saturday at 12:30pm.
MANOA, Saint Francis Gymnasium Give Saint Francis a chance, they'll take it. Put them in front of a student section--now known by their PA announcer as the Thunder Brigade--and they'll give it their all. Twice, in this case. Lady Saints 52, Damien 41 Kaimi Kalei scored 16 points and Olivia Vaeatangitau added 17 off the bench as the Saints held off a late Monarch surge, 52-41 in front of a loud crowd of around 835--including nearly 250 students--at Saint Francis Gym, otherwise known as Thunder Junction, Saturday afternoon. Melina Souza added 18 for Damien in the loss. The Lady Saints improved to 5-9 (5-3 ILH). "[Olivia] really gave us a lift, and I think that was the difference," said Saints coach Chris Hoe. "If it wasn't for her, we probably wouldn't have won by this margin." Senior captain, Kelli Okubo, however, begged to differ. "I thought [the students] were the difference. They were amazing." It seemed that way from the outset, but Damien got off to a hot start. Souza hit two of her first three shots and the Monarchs forced four early turnovers to the tune of a 12-8 first quarter. The Saints, led by Vaeatangitau and Kalei, stormed back, taking a 19-17 lead that they would not relinquish. The lead ballooned to 36-27 after three, but Souza hit two triples as part of an 8-0 Monarch run to shave the lead to 40-34. But it was Kalei and Vaeatangitau that made clutch shot after clutch shot that led Saint Francis to victory. "Big win, big win," said Kalei, "I think that sixth man really helped." Not to mention Okubo gave a fist bump to the announcer after--he was part of it too. Saint Francis 66, Le Jardin 47 In a game billed as the division leaders in an instant classic, the Saints dropped 10 three-pointers--four from Bryce Nishida, and three from point guard Kameron Ng and three from 2-guard Noah Kurosawa--en route to a 66-47 rout of the Bulldogs. The Saints did it out and in, with Supi Mailei pulling down 10 rebounds while Isaac Crichton added eight and Boris Vukovic pulled down seven. It was all done in front of a raucous crowd of around 1,011--including 300 students. With the win, the Saints moved into sole possession of first place at the halfway of the league season with a perfect 5-0 record. Mitchell Hashimoto led all scorers with 17 as the Bulldogs suffered their first ILH loss. "We didn't expect to [shoot this good]," Ng said. "[Coach Ron] told us though, we can't throw these up at will." "Supi [was] a beast inside," coach Ron Durant said. "Sometimes, he has to take over." And it was that again. The Saints led by 20 on two separate occasions, only to have the Bulldogs trim it to inside 15 twice. Same went on Thursday---the Saints led by 20 against Damien and nearly blew it. Not this time. "Coming out strong in that third quarter was huge for us; we challenged our players to come out and take better shots." ScoringLive's Stacy Kaneshiro, who was present at the boys' game, contributed to this report.
A short while back in March, I decided to bring my podcast out of retirement, with a new format:
- Once a month
- Anything goes
Star Wars, the American epic space opera, premieres with a new movie on December 18, 2015, called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With the movie soon to be in theaters, there is a rapid increase of Star Wars merchandise from Luke Skywalker t-shirts to mock lightsabers. So in honor of the new Star Wars movie, here is a recipe of Princess Leia Cupcakes. Ingredients: Box Cake Mix or Favorite Homemade Cake Recipe White Buttercream Frosting Red Food Coloring Oreo Cookies Black Wilton Frosting Steps: Mix up your cake mix as directed or you can also use your favorite homemade cake recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line your cupcake tin with cupcakes holders and set aside. Spoon the cake batter into the cupcake liners (fill about ½ way up) and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. Generously frost each cupcake with a thin layer of white icing. Using a thin writing tip take your black icing, start one side of the hair first, from the center down. (You will want to create a middle part) Add the other side of the hair and then add the eyes. To make the mouth use a small amount of your white frosting and add one drop of red food coloring to make pink. You can also use these heart candies to make a cute simple mouth if you have any on hand. For the hair buns, use a dab of icing to stick Oreos to the sides of the cupcake liner. To get rid of the ‘white line’ from the creamy center of the Oreo simply run a thin layer of black frosting down the center of each Oreo. To find this recipe and more, go to: http://paintbrushesandpopsicles.com/star-wars-princess-leia-cupcakes/